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Matcha, the answer to life’s busy times

Otemae, the practice of matcha (tea) making, is an art shrouded in history. Associated closely with Japanese Tea Ceremony (Sado 茶道), it continues to intrigue both Japanese and foreigners alike. In a tea ceremony, matcha is the liquid “bridge” that binds guest and host. Combined with the equipment chosen, the Qi (chi energy 気) of…

An Amazing Matcha Experience in Japan – Matcha and Tea Shops of Tokyo

Japanese tea is to Japan, what English tea is to England. Just as English tea conjures up stereotypical images of ladies in elegant hats and gentlemen in pressed linen suits enjoying refreshments after a morning safari in India, Japanese tea presents its consumers with a taste of traditional Japan in every sip. There are two…

The 2019 Guide to Kyoto : 43 Souvenirs that Boast Tradition and Modernity

Kyoto is an amazing city, popular for its historic sights, friendly locals, and wonderful natural scenery. It is one of the most historically significant areas in the world and has been carefully preserved to give an insight into the history of Japan. It has around 20% of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attracts visitors…

What to Buy in Osaka in 2019: 38 Souvenirs to Capture the Kansai Experience!

Many people who visit Japan tend to head to the capital city of Tokyo as their first destination. While Tokyo is undoubtedly a fantastic place to visit with its impressive Tokyo Skytree, many shrines and temples, exciting events, shopping areas, and low crime rate, there are also many other great cities to visit in Japan.…

50 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo’s Hip and Arty Neighbourhood, in 2019

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

Where to Spend a Great Day in Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji

Without a doubt, Kyoto has become one of tourist’s favorites in Japan because of its intact and well preserved cultural heritage sites. It is nestled with numerous shrines and temples as well as beautiful nature that turns into inflamed shades of red in autumn or colorful blooms in spring. There’s a lot of places to…

7 Japanese Sweets Shops and Cafes to Check Out in Kyoto

When one hears of Kyoto, the rich history and culture of Imperial Japan come to mind. Another thing that Kyoto is well known for is its Japanese sweets shops and cafes, with matcha or green tea as the most popular choice. This article lists some of the best sweets shops and cafes that Kyoto has…

10 Great Spots You Should Visit in Uji, the ’Town of Matcha’ in Kyoto!

Matcha is a popular and well-loved green tea powder, which can be found everywhere in Japan. It is widely praised for its warming taste, health benefits, and glorious color. Matcha has now become popular in western countries, and you will likely find it in many coffee shops and cafes if you look for it! Uji…

Satisfy Your Matcha Cravings at These 11 Restaurants and Shops in Uji, Kyoto

When talking about Kyoto’s Uji City, the image of matcha is probably one of the first things that come to mind. Uji, being the second largest tea plantation region in Japan, is well known for its superior quality green tea. Even though there are many places in Japan that offers matcha and matcha products, fans…

Get Your Matcha Fix With These 3 Delectable Green Tea Parfaits in Japan!

Who does not want a cool dessert after a nice meal? And what better flavor of dessert is out there other than matcha (green tea)? If you are in Japan, be prepared to encounter matcha-flavored food and drink items at almost every nook and corner. Some are unique and aesthetically pleasing, with tastes that linger…